“I am committed to love, to be compassionate, to have solidarity and to work for peace and justice for all people who most need it in our world.”
Inspired by the Maryknollers who work in El Salvador and by Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and Ita Ford, who were martyred in her country, Sister Norma Pocasangre was called to mission to peoples in other countries as a Maryknoll Sister.
Sister Norma entered Maryknoll in 2003, and made her First Vows on August 14, 2005. Before entering Maryknoll, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at Universidad de Oriente in San Salvador in 1998. Sister Norma then worked for a non-governmental organization in Morazon, El Salvador, promoting micro-finance projects.
Sister Norma was assigned to China on June 1, 2006 and spent her first two years in the study of the Cantonese language. She also had some opportunities to interact with people who speak Cantonese in Southern China.
In November, 2008, Sister Norma joined another Maryknoll Sister in Hung Shui, New Territories and discerned possibilities for pastoral work. She was invited to be a Pastoral Sister in SS Cosmas & Damian Parish in Tsuen Wan. Her focus will be youth and parish outreach as well as teaching a class in Spanish. She also helps prepare a bi-lingual Liturgy in Spanish and Chinese monthly in Rosary Chapel to encourage the Spanish community and others to gather on a regular basis in Hung Shui where she lives. Their children are bi-lingual. Sister Norma renewed her vows in Hong Kong on June 5, 2011.